Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hornqvist makes history in Preds' OT loss to Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Nashville Predators in overtime by a score of 5-4 in a game that Nashville played without Mike Fisher, Sergei Kostitsyn and Nick Spaling.

Patric Hornqvist started the scoring for the Preds. He scored 26 seconds into the game when he drove to the net and deposited a puck from David Legwand. That is the second straight game that Hornqvist has scored in the first 30 seconds of a game. Hornqvist joins Pavel Bure as the only two players in NHL history to score the goals in the first 30 seconds of two consecutive games.

Patick Kane would tie the game at one with only 49 seconds remaining in the first period. He unleashed a wicked shot from the slot that beat Pekka Rinne.

Nashville took the lead again when Martin Erat made a beautiful pass to Craig Smith who wristed one past Corey Crawford to give the Preds the 2-1 lead.

Nick Leddy tied the game for the Blackhawks once again when he pinched down and fired a slap shot past Rinne. Kane made a great pass to Leddy from behind the net, and Rinne had little chance of stopping that shot.

The Predators would take the lead once again at 18:48 of the second period when Hornqvist got his second goal of the evening. Ryan Suter made a terrific play when he faked a dump into the zone and brought the puck across the line. That fake bought Suter enough time to make a pass to Hornqvist, who had a wide open lane to shoot the puck. The Predators would lead 3-2 after two periods.

Chicago tied the game for a third time when Kane scored his second goal of the contest at 4:57 of the third period. The shot appeared to be deflected off of Kevin Klein's stick, and it beat Rinne under the arm.

Bryan Bickell gave Chicago the lead when he fired a wrist shot past Rinne from the right circle. It was a shot the Rinne would have loved to have back.

Legwand tied the game at four when he scored almost two minutes after Bickell's goal. The puck bounced into the slot and Legwand was there for the shot.

The game went into overtime, and Viktor Stalberg got the game-winner for the Blackhawks on a great individual effort. He came down and suddenly threw on the brakes, freezing Predators defenseman Jack Hillen in the process. Stalberg cut in the middle and fired one past Rinne to give Chicago the 5-4 overtime victory.

Nashville had a solid effort in this game, and deserved the point that they received. Given the situation going into the game, the Predators played a very strong game. The Predators will take on the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night in Glendale, Arizona.

Hockey Night in Nashville's 3 Stars of the game:
1. Patrick Kane(CHI)
2. Viktor Stalberg(CHI)
3. Patric Hornqvist(NSH)

3 Stars by Chicago Media:
1. Patrick Kane(CHI)
2. Viktor Stalberg(CHI)
3. Patric Hornqvist(NSH)

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